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Edgar Nesman papers

Identifier: UA-10.3.308

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of an autobiography written by Edgar G. Nesman who graduated from Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) in 1950. The autobiography covers his life from childhood, his relatives, high school, service in World War II, student life at MSC, work in Cuba and Costa Rica, work at the University of Florida, and other professional travel. There is also some information about Nesman's grandmother who served as a housemother to male student boarders.


  • Creation: 2011


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Edgar G. Nesman (1926-2016) was born in Lansing, Michigan in 1926. He graduated from Springport High School in 1944. He served in World War II in the Merchant Marines in the Pacific and the Atlantic. He graduated from Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) in 1950 with his B.S. in agricultural engineering. He earned his M.S. in 1960 in agricultural extension. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Florida in 1969.

Nesman taught agriculture and mechanics at the Methodist Agricultural and Industrial School in Cuba from 1950-1960 and extension and community development at the Methodist Rural Center in Costa Rica from 1960 to 1966. Nesman taught sociology and Latin American studies at the University of South Florida for 25 years and retired in 1991.

He and his wife, Marjorie married in 1954 and they had four children. Nesman passed away November 10, 2016.


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Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.



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Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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East Lansing MI 48824 US